Sherlock: Would you like to come with me?
Sherlock: To catch a murderer of course.
Watson: Of course.
Sherlock Holmes has stood the test of time as Arthur Conan Doyle's stories and characters have leapt from the page to the stage, to the screen and beyond.
However, not many people know that Doyle's writing helped to establish the cornerstones of forensic science.
His work took emerging technology and methods from the time and made them accessible to everyday people.
Through the lens of a detective narrative, fiction influenced fact as Doyle's work in the early 20th Century gave rise to the crime labs that we rely on today.
In the fall of 2015, a collaborative experiment to re-imagine the world of Sherlock Holmes was launched globally by the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab, the School of the Arts and the School of Professional Studies.
Through a multi-year project that harnesses story, play and design, Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things looks to explore our relationship to the technology that surrounds us.
Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things is an adaptation of Doyle's work that mixes story and code.
Participants find objects within a Sherlock Holmes story and through physical computing and sensor based technologies they bring the object to life transforming it into a smart device that can aid storytelling, collaboration and creativity.
The final objects are then placed within a series of connected crimes scenes that enable participants to create and solve a mystery utilizing collaborative storytelling and play.
During the pilot over 1,200 people collaborated from 60+ countries across 70 events.
At the core of the collaboration was the pilot of a Massive Open Online Course also known as a MOOC.
The MOOC consisted of three tracks focusing on Story, Play & Design and was taught by four instructors
Over the course of 10 weeks participants selected an object from an original Arthur Conan Doyle story that they wished to adapt.
Teams were formed around the objects that held the most promise.
The adaption took the object and rendered it as a design document for a physical manifestation that harnesses the power of the Internet of Things.
In 2016, Sherlock Holmes & the Internet of Things will be joined by Watson as Artificial Intelligence will be woven into the project.
Watson: Naturally. Who are these people?
Sherlock: You know I’m delighted to meet you Watson.
In addition, we’ll transform Lincoln Center into a massive connected crime scene for a live audience during the New York Film Festival.
So come join a global storytelling experiment that places you in the shoes of Sherlock Holmes. For more information visit sherlockholmes.io